Group Discounts for Churches



For many years, we have been aware of copyright laws and artists royalties. In the church environment, we are required to and want to operate ethically and within the law, so each church is required to purchase licenses to enable them to be in compliance with copyright laws. In order to facilitate the best price possible for the entire group of licenses you may need, your BC Conference office has negotiated some group pricing to help make good and efficient use of the dollars allotated for these licenses:


According to the Canadian Copyright Act (CCA), all public presentations of copyrighted VHS/DVD movies must be licensed with a rights representative. All viewings outside the home and/or within public organizations require a license granting specific authorization. A church is considered a public organization. Without obtaining the proper licenses, you or your church may be in violation of the CCA and subject to substantial civil and/or criminal penalties.

As a member church of the BC MB Conference, we have negoiated for you a discount on group licenses for the two rights representatives that will provide the licenses as necessary to comply with the CCA.

Audio-Cine Films (ACF) offers churches and religious organizations licensing coverage. They offer annual public performance VHS/DVD copyright site licenses that give access to 1000’s of feature length films and allow for unlimited presentation of any and all films produces by the studios they exclusively represent. This includes “The Passion of the Christ” and all VeggieTales videos. Please see their website a complete listing of the studios they represent.

Criterion Pictures in the non-theatrical distributor of feature films for many of Hollywood’s major motion pictures studios. Criterion represents many studios ACF does not. This includes DreamWorks, Pixar and Walt Disney films. Please see their webiste for a complete listing of the studios they represent.

Please contact Michelle at the BC MB Conference office if you would like to join any of these group discounts (


Much like the CCA requires a license for public presentations of VHS/DVD movies, a license must be acquired for the public show of songs.

The Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) is the most comprehensive, convenient and cost effective means of copyright clearance available for songs used in congregational signing. CCLI covers a vast selection of song titles to keep your worship services fresh and creative.

The BC MB Conference has negotiated a 20% discount for each church. Each price is different based on attendance, ranging from $110-$562 for a yearly license. All Engllish speaking churches are signed up in this discount. If you have any questions about your status with CCLI, please contact Michelle at or phone 604 853 6959.


This is an offer from BC Hydro Power Smart. We now have made contact and set up a corporate account so that all our BC MB Churches can participate in the Power Smart Incentive Program. Besides saving you money on hydro bills, this program will benefits all British Columbians by being smart users of electricity.

Something that you need to keep in mind is that the standard bulbs and fluorescent bulbs (T12) will not be available as a replacement bulb by the year 2010. This means, before that time, you will need to change ballasts and bulbs anyway. If you start planning now to revamp your electric draw by installing energy saving ballast, bulbs and fixtures, and your savings meet the BC Power Smart criteria, you will receive cash back from BC HYDRO. What’s not to like about that??

You will need to work with a certified electrician to cost out your changes and to evaluate your energy savings. Then there is a process to go through to apply to have your upgrades accepted as part of this program.

Our key account manager is RAJ and his contact number is 604 453-6334 or email. Just tell RAJ that you are a church with the BC Conference of MB Churches.

CCLI and Video Licensing Frequently Asked Questions

CCLI License (Music License)


Question: Who should have this license?
Answer: We highly suggest all BCMB churches purchase this license

Question: What does the CCLI License Cover?
Answer: This Church Copyright License provides blanket legal coverage for the following activities:

  • Print songs, hymns and lyrics in bulletins, programs, liturgies and song sheets for use in congregational singing.
  • Create your own customized songbooks or hymnals for use in congregational singing.
  • Create overhead transparencies, slides or use any other format whereby song lyrics are visually projected (such as computer graphics and projection) for use in congregational singing.
  • Arrange, print and copy your own arrangements (vocal and instrumental) of songs used for congregational singing, where no published version is available.
  • Record your worship services (audio or video) provided you only record live music. Accompaniment tracks cannot be reproduced. You may charge up to $5 each for audiocassette tapes and CDs, and $15 each for videotapes and DVDs.

Question: How do churches report songs used and to whom is reporting done?
Answer: CCLI contacts churches individually when reporting is due. Each church is asked to do a report once every two and a half years.  The report is for a six month period of time.  When it is your churches time to do reporting CCLI will contact you directly to explain how to do the report.

Question: What is the cost?
Answer: The cost is based on your church’s average attendance. You can contact me to find out what the cost would be for your church. You do receive a 20% discount by paying through BCMB.

Question: When is payment due?
Answer: Payment is due for us by August 31st. You will receive an invoice before August 31st.

Question: How long is the license good for?
Answer: The license is good for one year. September 1 through August 31.

Question: Is there any other music license I may need besides this license?
Answer: CCLI offers another license called SongSelect. This covers lead sheets (transposing and printing etc.), chord sheet transposing the ability to download over 90,000 song lyrics and sound samples for finding new songs.

Question: How do we purchase SongSelect?
Answer: BCMB does not offer a group rate for SongSelect. Please visit the CCLI website for more information or to purchase SongSelect at


Video Licensing

Under The Copyright Act any viewing or exhibition of a video in a public place must have Public Performance Rights. There are 2 different Public Performance Rights companies BCMB can offer group discounts for. These are Criterion Pictures and Audio Cine Films. Each company has public performance rights for different film producers.

Criterion Pictures

Question: What films are covered by this license?
Answer: Criterion covers all movies produced by Warner Brothers, TriStar Pictures, Columbia Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, Sony Pictures, Motion International, Astral, Canadian Famous Players, Lions Gate Films, Paramount Pictures, Paramount Advantage, Paramount Classics, and many more). Visit their website for a full listing of movies at

Question: How much does this license cost?
Answer: The cost is based on the number of BCMB churches that register for this license. The cost is divided among the churches. We estimate the cost to be approximately $225.00/church per year.

Question: When is this payment due and how long is it for?
Answer: You will receive an invoice before August 31st. The license is for one year September 9 to September 8.

Audio Cine Films

Question: What films are covered by this license?
Answer: Audio Cine covers movies produced by Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios, Baby Einstein, Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Disney Nature, E1 Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Screen Gems, Destination Films, Triumph Films, Stage 6 Productions and Hot Ticket. Christal Films, Les Films Séville Pictures, Summit Entertainment,Think Film, MGM Studios, Orion Pictures, United Artists, Universal Studios Canada (MCA),TVA Films, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Atopia Distribution Inc., A-Z Films, Destination Films, Equinoxe Films, monterey media, Film Tonic, Samuel Goldwyn, Rose Films Inc., Fun Film Distribution, Capri Fillms, Max Films, Maximum Films,Production Phares Est Inc., Fol Avoine Inc., Film Movement, Ciné-Télé Action Inc. and K-Films.

Audio Cine has partnered with Monterey Media, a privately owned entertainment industry company with a unique and growing film library. Additional information on their titles can be obtained by going to

For a list of Audio Cine Films please visit their website at 

Question: How much does this license cost?
Answer: .70/person based on your average church attendance or a minimum of $50.00/church per year.

Question: When is this payment due and how long is it for?
Answer: You will receive an invoice by mid October. The license is for one year Nov.1 to Oct. 31.

Question: Should our church purchase both Criterion and Audio Cine licenses?
Answer: It depends on what movies you plan to show at church. Due diligence to follow copyright laws is a BCMB expectation for our churches. It is up to church’s discretion.

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